The morning that Adam and I left for Chicago I made a last minute stop at Target for a few travel essentials:
As much of a Mindy fan as I am I did not pick up her newest book as soon as it came out (I know, this surprises me too!). I am happy to announce the book was so good that I started reading it on the plane ride to Chicago on Friday and I was done by Sunday night!
(I bought that pink and gold scarf at an airport kiosk for only $10. I love it so much!)
Why Not Me is made up of mini stories about Mindy’s career, former boyfriends and finding confidence. She even includes a “Day in the Life” chapter which makes me think she would fit in here with our little blogging community really well!
I did not go running yesterday, which is probably not a big shocker.
My plan this week is to do like Lizzy suggested and “respect the recovery.” I really think that’s something a lot of us struggle with. We’re so busy “respecting the distance” of our races that we try to skip through recovery from illness or injury too quickly.
My sciatic nerve is all kinds of irritated and angry and my calves are tight like a stretched rubber band. What a totally enjoyable and completely comfortable combination to live with!
I like to sleep on my side and my PT suggested I start sleeping with a pillow between my knees to keep better posture during the night. My back and butt definitely feels better when I use the pillow but I must fidget a lot in my sleep because I woke up several times and the pillow was kicked to the floor! I guess it’ll take a little while to get used to.
My stretching routine takes about 30 minutes to go through but I am being very diligent. After I see my PT again on Thursday I’ll have a better idea of when I can jump back into training.
From reading stuff online I’ve seen that recovery can take up to 6 weeks (or longer) or it can be as little as a few days. Some people suggest it’s okay to keep running if the pain is manageable but others say you should take a break from any activity that could be causing the issues. I wonder if the doctors who wrote the articles about being able to keep running are runners themselves?
All of the articles I’ve read have said the only way to recover is through stretching and strengthening the lower body.
I guess I need to up my squat game. While some people are really lucky to be able to run 7 minute miles without much effort, I’m able to squat 125lbs without much effort. It appears that the very light squats I’ve been doing the last couple of months during marathon training weren’t helping me to get stronger.
I wish I could say I didn’t know, but Adam may have mentioned it a time or two. (See baby, I do listen to your advice, I just don’t always follow it.) Time for me to pick up some heavy things again!
BTW this is totally unrelated to anything else in this post, but did you see Lea Salonga (Princess Jasmine) and Brad Kane (Aladdin) perform ‘A Whole New World’ on Good Morning America last Friday?
Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie growing up and this video just made my heart melt! Lea was 21 and Brad was 19 when they originally recorded the song for Disney. Now, 23 years later, they still sound so great together!
Ah, I love it!
What was your favorite Disney movie growing up?
Last book you read and loved?